The 15 Best Grinders That’ll Prevent You From Ruining Your Good Weed
There’s no sense in holding onto a crummy grinder when there are plenty of better options out there.
Sans a decent grinder, you might as well chop an entire gram in two, stuff one half as is into a rolling paper, and throw the other half into the garbage. Good grinder blades will seamlessly cut through your dry herb, sifting out the bad chunks and preserving the extra-potent pollen. They’ll create a little mound of fine, fluffy weed to roll, vape, or hell, bake into a cake. No dirty smoke, no lost product, not a bit of that eighth wasted.
You can seriously invest in this kind of accessory if you want, but you can also find some solid, inexpensive options. These 15 weed grinders—many of them with four pieces to grind bud, sift pollen, and store the results properly—each have their own strengths. One ought to suit your cannabis-consuming ways. And we’ll take the opportunity now to pair this guide with an always-timely reminder to smoke responsibly. We don’t mean legally (we’re no sticklers for the word of the law when that law itself is outdated and discriminatory). We mean, choose to support grassroots legalization and social justice efforts in the cannabis industry, and buy from dispensaries owned by minorities and companies that give back to communities when possible. Now, onto the grinders.
Just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s crap. This zinc alloy grinder comes with five pieces—including two mesh screens to sift pollen from your weed, and a little scraper to use for the catch tray so not a speck is wasted—with sharp teeth and a magnetic seal. If it seems too large, then remove a mesh screen to shorten it.
Only 1.5 inches across, this grinder is an inexpensive and downright tiny means of readying cannabis bud to smoke. It’s not what we’d call “heavy-duty,” but it’s a decent grinder to have for traveling, in addition to a sturdier grinder for regular, at-home use.
The Kingtop grinder is nearly as big as the palm of your hand, great for when you have a considerable amount of bud and don’t need to be discrete. Its four pieces include a magnetically sealed cap, a grinder, a mesh screen, and a catch tray—a big one, at that—and its 45 teeth ensure smooth grinding.
Mendo Mulcher makes some tough grinders—all out of solid, aircraft-grade aluminum—but this one might be the most useful. At only 1.75 inches across, it’s best for travel, and its extra-grippy construction ensures you won’t slip up while using it despite its small size. With only two pieces, you’re short a mesh filter. But it does have a cool, hardware quality to it.
This grinder has a lotta happy customers. Makes sense. It grinds weed evenly and with precision, it’s built like a tank, it has a mesh screen and strong magnetic seal, and it hovers around 20 bucks. It’s a workhorse, built from materials that’ll keep it gliding through many a grind.
For a more tactile option, get Aerospaced’s grinder. The hand crank operates a set of blades, which chop up weed and filter it through a mesh screen. The clear lid allows you to monitor the entire operation.
If you’d call your personal style minimalist and refined, then here’s a grinder to match it. Made from aluminum alloy and unmarked with labels and logos, it is an accessory worthy of a high-class vape and top-grade flower.
Magic Flight’s grinder is part of its wooden Launch Box vape kit, fitting snugly over the opening of the vape so you can transfer freshly ground bud without a mess. If you’re looking for a beautifully carved, non-aluminum grinder (the grate is made from stainless steel) that’s part of a matched set—hell of a flex, right?—opt for this.
Phoenician medical-grade grinders get you a medium sheer on your weed—not too fine or too chunky. But more importantly, their grippy sides and deep bowls are intended to help users with arthritis (or folks with clumsy hands).
The Tectonic9 leans to the Inspector Gadget side of things. You put the weed into the chamber and grind it up, standard procedure. But accessing it is what is pretty damn nifty: That silver dispenser flips up from underneath the grinder and fits over a hole (which you manually open and close). Tip, and freshly ground herb neatly falls out.
The Pillar wasn’t built to be shoved in a junk drawer or lost under the couch. It glimmers, it is gold. Or rather, brushed brass. It’s a statement grinder if we’ve ever seen one. Besides aluminum grinding teeth and a scraper, the catch compartment is impressively spacious.
You get into spoil-yourself territory with the Santa Cruz Schredder. Known for its unique tooth design, it churns out perfectly ground, fluffy weed into a canister sealed with extra-strong magnets. You buy it once, then never have to worry about buying a grinder again.
Kannastör’s grinder is a mix-and-match marvel with extra storage options, two removable screens, and the option to break it down into a more portable size. Better yet, it comes with two interchangeable graters (hence the name) plates so you can pick your coarseness—fine or medium. Made with hardened aluminum in a matte design that looks real nice, it’ll last you.
Instead of aluminum or zinc alloy like most cheaper grinders, Iaso’s grinder is constructed out of stainless steel. That means the canister and its teeth will stay strong. Iaso also uses a special labyrinth seal design intended to prevent annoying binding or sticking. It’s a luxe option for sure.
Here’s where things get wild: an electric grinder. Eliminate user error altogether. The Otto automatically adjusts to the herb, sensing exactly what grind is required for the best results. Then, it funnels what it grinds directly into a paper cone for easy rolling (you can skip this step). Of course, then you’re stuck with machine error—charging, storage, maintenance, all that. Nevertheless, it’s a cool toy.
These 15 best weed grinders—most of them with four pieces to grind marijuana bud, sift pollen, and store the results—are available online and fit any budget.
Transform your firm, fat buds into smokable, fine-sifted herb material. We stock all the leading weed grinders in metal, acrylic, wood, and novelty varieties. Typically a two-section gizmo, a set of interconnecting teeth shred the bud when the top section is twisted. But grinders also come with 3 and even 4 compartments for an increasingly fine texture. Some grinders contain a crystal catcher for collecting resinous THC powder or “kief”, which is traditionally pressed into hashish.
Metal Grinder Thorinder (50mm)
The Thorinder is made from super-strong anodized aluminum and stainless steel and comes in a casket. Its transparent top allows you to see exactly how finely you grind your herb. Cleaning tool included Available colors: Blue, green, orange, silver Size: 50mm
Metal Grinder 24K Gold
The Metal Grinder 24K Gold with an ornate “gold bar” design might seem ostentatious, but this solid grinder with sieve and crystal catcher will help you turn even the most mundane bud into a luxurious treat. Simply twist the top to grind and never lose precious weed particles. Note to pirates: It’s not real gold. Aarrr!
This Pokeball herb grinder doesn’t just look awesome. The inside of the grinder is all metal so it can easily handle many types of herbs and will last you a long time. This is a great grinder whether you are into Pokemon or not and it makes a fantastic gift!
Metal Grinder RQS (4 parts)
This Royal Queen Seeds Metal Grinder is a sturdy heavy duty herb grinder that comes apart in 4 parts. This top-notch aluminium grinder sure won’t have troubles if you want to grind even tough pieces to the finest powder. The lid comes in three available colours, red, green and blue.
Metal Grinder Death Star
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away . some genius had the idea to turn a regular metal grinder into a death star. The enlarged surface gives the user a better grip and thereby facilitates shredding of the herb of your choice or dried mushrooms. It has the shape of an ellipsoid. These grinders are selling faster than drinks at the Mos Eisley Cantina, so act fast!
Metal Grinder RQS Pollinator (4 parts)
The Royal Queen Seeds Metal Grinder Pollinator is a top-quality 4-part grinder with excellent performance so you can grind any type of herb with ease. This heavy-duty grinder includes a practical filter and kief catcher so you can collect the best parts of your herb. Made from sturdy aluminium, the grinder comes in a polished silver design and features the Royal Queen Seeds logo on its lid.
Grenade Grinder (3 parts)
Grenade Grinder- With Pin. This “rechargeable” hand grenade serves three purposes: grinding, sifting and stashing. This three parts metal grinder looks so innocent, no-one would think it’s a grinder (or stash). It comes apart in the middle and reveals it’s sharp teeth, making weed grinding an ease. The part below is a pollen chamber which collects the most precious part of your herbs.
King Skull Grinder (3 parts)
Sitting on the shelf, this will look like a bronze sculpture, but the inside reveals its real purpose. When you take the 3 parts apart, the grinding part becomes visible. It’s also equipped with a pollen mesh to filter the most precious ingredients of your buds.
Electric Herb Grinder Easyleaf
The hand-held electric herb grinder by Easyleaf uses a patented blade technology to separate the pollen material from the herb. Unscrew the lower cap (without rabbets), remove the blade-head and fill the grinder with your herb before putting the blade-head back in. Now screw the cap back on and point it downwards before turning the cap with the rabbets to turn the grinder on.
ZenPen Stainless Steel Hash Grinder
Enjoy smoking hash without the mess! The ZenPen Stainless Steel Hash Grinder is the answer to all of your problems.
Wooden Grinder XL (2 Parts)
Made by Indian craftsmen, this 2-piece polished hardwood mill is the biggest grinder we’ve ever seen and will easily handle a few grams of bud at the same time. Brass pins set in the lid and base for the grinding effect. Given its size, it’s more of a desktop model than one for on the road.
Wooden grinder Large (2 Parts)
Well, it is what it is – it is basic . This wooden grinder is plain, simple, smoothly polished and completely unadorned, but it does what it is supposed to do – it grinds your buds to tiny bits to prepare them for consumption. Warning! Some natural herbs can cause desired effects in both the body and the brain – use them respectfully!
Metal Grinder Classic Medium
Classic design; simple, milled steel available in a range of anodized finishes. Twist-operated, no nonsense, impossible to break – hell, it would probably stop a bullet. Not that you’ll be anywhere near bullets after smoking some of the powder-fine bud this grinder produces.
Black Leaf Aluminium/Wood Grinder
Adding this 4-piece grinder to your collection will enhance the appearance and functionality of your smoking equipment. Gone are the days of plastic, single-chamber models.
Metal Grinder Dutch Passion Pollinator
A 4-piece metal pollinator grinder by Dutch Passion. Just as with their cannabis seeds, Dutch Passion doesn’t fool around with quality. This grinder is made from the best quality aluminium and will last a lifetime. The fine screen in the middle will sieve your cannabis, so your precious pollen are collected and saved.
Zamnesia Acrylic Grinder
Our acrylic grinder is durable, lightweight, and simple to operate. It’s ideal for use at home and on the road, and fellow Zamnesia growers will recognise our classic logo.
Royal Queen Seeds Acrylic Grinder
Quality not always has a high price. If you are looking for a high-quality and efficient, but moderately priced grinder, you cannot go wrong with this 2-part model from our buddies at Royal Queen Seeds. Not only will it grind your buds to small crumbles, it also has a small compartment for a small stock of weed under the lid. Available colors: Red, blue and green.
Metal Grinder Black Leaf XXL
Size does matter! This out-sized four-parts CNC machined grinder by Black Leaf is the perfect choice if you want to prepare a “little” more weed. The lid slides on a nylon friction ring to allow for easy operation. It is anodized and has an etched “BL” logo on the lid. Comes with a velvet bag.
Metal Grinder Thorinder Large
The Thorinder is built to last. It is precision-milled from super-strong aluminum and stainless steel and the anodized surface provides a high scratch resistance. Its clear lid allows you to see exactly how finely you grind your herb. Comes in a casket. Cleaning tool included Available colors: Blue, green, orange, silver
The Grindervac combines a superbly performing grinder with a vacuum sealed container so you can keep your herbs fresh for a long time. It comes with an air-tight storage compartment in the cap and includes a TightPac poker so you can easily get all the grinds out. Made from super strong military grade plastic, the Grindervac grinds just about everything including herbs, spices, nuts and.
Metal Grinder Groove Medium (Aerospaced)
The Medium Metal Groove Grinder by Aerospaced switches out regular teeth for razor-sharp blades. Process your flowers faster and easier than ever before.
Metal Grinder Royal Queen Seeds LIMITED EDITION
Royal Queen Seeds is known for high-quality cannabis seeds, but they want to keep in touch with their product all the way to the end-user. This four-part grinder has diamond-shaped sharp milling teeth that will easily tear your weed to bits and an extra compartment to collect the kief that passes the interior sieve. Limited edition with embossed RQS logo on top.
Zamnesia Premium Grinder
The Premium Grinder By Zamnesia uses metal blades to swiftly process buds. The three-chamber piece features two collection chambers; one for flower and the other for kief.
SLX 2.5 Non-stick Grinder (4-part – Ø62mm)
You won’t ever need another grinder once you get your hands on the SLX 2.5 Non-Stick Grinder. This “Mother of all Grinders” 4-part grinder is manufactured to precision from extra strong aerospace-grade aluminium and will last a lifetime! Nothing will ever stick with the SLX 2.5’s non-stick ceramic coating inside and outside which is 100% non-toxic with no harmful Teflon or PTFE.
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WEED GRINDERS: METAL, PLASTIC, ACRYLIC, AND MORE
Grinders are a vital accessory for any smoker. At Zamnesia, we stock a variety of high-quality grinders capable of milling through any herb. From rustic wooden models to flashy novelty items, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect weed grinder in our Headshop to add to your collection.
To browse our full collection, check out the subcategories above. For more information on why to use a grinder, how to clean one, and more, keep reading.
What is a cannabis grinder?
Whether you prefer to smoke, vaporize, or make edibles, a grinder allows you to break up your cannabis flowers before use. With your herb all nicely ground up, you can enjoy a better cannabis experience every time.
Now, not all weed grinders are equal. Just as with bongs, pipes, and other accessories, you can get all kinds of different grinders at different price points. They range from simple and cheap to elaborate, multi-chambered models.
How to use a weed grinder?
Pretty much all manual weed grinders, no matter how fancy, work by the same general principle. You start by placing some weed in a chamber with spiked teeth on the bottom and the lid. You then close the lid and turn it a few times, rendering the cannabis inside down to smaller pieces. Simple, but effective!
Although this is how a typical weed grinder works, you can also find electric grinders that are handy if you have loads of weed to grind and are not keen on using a manual one all day long (carpal tunnel, anyone?). Other cannabis grinders look like a miniature cheese grater: the so-called “card grinder”. These types, however, are not as common.
Benefits of using a weed grinder
Now that you have a general idea of what a grinder is and how it works, you might be asking yourself, “But why would you want to grind up your weed in the first place?”. What makes ground weed so much better? Well, there are some good arguments:
- Better smoking, vaping, edibles experience
By grinding up your weed, you’re increasing the available surface area. This makes it easier for cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds to be released from the plant material when smoking, vaping, or making edibles. Said differently, grinding your weed allows you the best access to the good stuff in your weed.
Likewise, grinding your weed will help it burn/vape more evenly. You don’t want large chunks of weed in your cookies and brownies, either. For making edibles, finely ground weed will be much better.
- You can collect kief
Some grinders have a kief sieve. Every time you grind, you will collect and store highly concentrated trichomes at the bottom chamber of the grinder. These multi-chambered grinders are a little more expensive, but totally worth it.
- Grind to your desired size
How fine or coarse your weed will be depends on your method of intake and your personal preferences. If you’re planning on using a bong or pipe, you’ll generally want to leave your weed a little more coarse to avoid sucking any smaller pieces through the bowl.
If you want your weed finer, for instance when making edibles, all you need to do is grind a little longer. This way, you can grind your weed exactly like you want it for the most tailored cannabis experience.
Types of weed grinders
Although most weed grinders work in a similar fashion, they can differ in some important aspects. The main differences between them are the materials they are made of, how many parts they consist of, and whether the grinder is manual or electric. Let’s take a look at each of these types and their pros and cons.
Material: what is the cannabis grinder made from?
Material arguably plays the largest role in a weed grinder’s quality, as different types are much more efficient at milling than others.
Acrylic weed grinders are very common and usually inexpensive. They can do the job just fine, but rarely are they deemed the “best” option. Their biggest advantage is that they are cheap and come in lots of cool colours and designs. But to be honest, this is how far it goes when it comes to their pros. Most of them are made overseas and their quality is more often than not “meh”. They can be harder to grind with over time and are at risk of breaking more easily than other kinds.
We stock all the leading weed grinders in metal, acrylic, wood, and novelty varieties. Grind your buds to the perfect size every time.